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  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why Pritzker? Why do you want to come back to Illinois (I grew up outside of Chicago)?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What type of medicine could you see yourself practicing? Where do you see yourself ten years from now?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"How is history related to medicine (I'm a history major)? What type of research do you do? Why do you want to be a doctor? the usual suspect questions" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What are current problems in incarcerated medicine that need to be addressed (from my essay)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A question about my personal statement that totally caught me off guard. What type of research do you see yourself doing?...honestly nothing all that difficult." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"scoured the website, looked at this site, talked to a friend who went there, knew my AMCAS and research like the back of my hand" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Chicago is amazing!! Virtually no other medical school has such an amazing location. There are so many hospitals (including the new pediatric centers and Children's Hospital) and opportunities to do community service. The patient population is amazingly diverse. Also, this school is honest when it says that it wants students who are not just science-majors. I cannot tell you how many times someone emphasized that they had students who are pursuing their PhDs in English literature or JD or MBA. Pritzker really seems to want its students to pursue everything and anything that interests them. The tour guides are so excited about the school and completely laidback. No one seemed stressed out and the other interviewees I got to meet were completely unpretentious and genuinely interesting people." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing. Everything was very laidback and friendly!!!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"It was the first day of interviewing for the year and so there was a problem with the air conditioning. It was miserable for the interviewees to sit for over an hour in the admissions office conference room in suits and ties. People were sweating buckets and this was not a pretty picture. However, the admissions office seemed really sorry about everything and insisted that this was not a test." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You arrive in the morning at the main medical educational building for the school in Hyde Park. After that, you have a rather long introduction/financial concerns/our school is great session (about 1-1.5 hours). Before lunch, you have an interview with a faculty member. The interview is open-file and everything is fair game. Lunch is served in the conference room and three medical students joined us to answer any and all of our questions. This session really is open to all of your questions. I asked some pretty picky questions and I just received my admissions letter from Pritzker so definitely don't hesitate to ask questions...it won't hurt you. After that, you have a tour of the college area, the student lounges, the anatomy lab, and one of the hospitals. After the tour, you have either your very brief meeting with an admissions committee member or your student interview. Don't sweat either! The admissions member just wants to make sure that your file is accurate and just wants to get to know you in 15 minutes. The student interview is about 45mins-1hour. The student has seen your entire file and may very well ask tough questions. They just want to see whether you're the type of person they'd want in their class, so don't sweat it...be calm, ask good questions, and be sincere. Overall, the day is well-planned and everyone is very friendly! I've had 8 interviews now and I'm serious when I say that this is one of the most laidback days that you can possibly get. I got into Pritzker and I will probably go there!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/06/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

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